Issues in International Political Economy: Trade Policy Confusion
April 16, 2008
There are deep disagreements between different groups over the future of U.S. trade policy. Opinion polls indicate that a plurality of the general public now believes free trade agreements (FTAs) hurt the United States, a reversal from as few as 10 years ago when a modest plurality said they thought these agreements helped the country. Two questions should be asked: 1) What brought about the shift in public sentiment from pro-trade to anti-trade? 2) What do the various proponents/opponents want? And, for a concluding comment, what does this all mean?